Thovalai

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Thovalai தோவாளை
ethirvili chozhapuram
Village
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Railwaystation in Thovalai
Nickname: 
Village of flowers
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Thovalai தோவாளை
Thovalai, Tamil Nadu
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Thovalai தோவாளை
Thovalai தோவாளை (India)
Coordinates: 8°13′52″N77°30′22″E / 8.231200°N 77.506000°E / 8.231200; 77.506000 Coordinates: 8°13′52″N77°30′22″E / 8.231200°N 77.506000°E / 8.231200; 77.506000
CountryIndia
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanyakumari
Government
  Body Gram panchayat
Area
  Total17.39 km2 (6.71 sq mi)
Elevation
81 m (266 ft)
Population
 (2011)
  Total8,961
  Density520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Languages
  Official Tamil
  Other Malayalam
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
629302
Nearest city Nagercoil
Lok Sabha constituency Kanyakumari

Thovalai is a small village located in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India. The area is well known in India for its production of flowers, especially jasmine. The taluk was among several in Thiruvananthapuram district that with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act of 1956 were transferred from Thiruvananthapuram district, Travancore-Cochin State to the newly created Kanyakumari district of Madras State (the latter later renamed as Tamil Nadu State).

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History

Thovalai Taluk was part of the Princely state Travancore Kingdom, the latter which subsequently became part of the then Travancore-Cochin State. Part of The States Reorganisation Act of 1956 aligned state boundaries on linguistic affiliations. Thovalai, Kalkulam, Vilavancode, and Agastheeswaram Taluks were transferred from Thiruvananthapuram District of the Travancore-Cochin State to Kanyakumari district, Madras State. Madras was later renamed as Tamil Nadu).

Religions

Religions in Thovalai Taluka
ReligionPercent
Hindus
61.80%
Christians
31.71%
Muslims
6.19%
Others
0.31%
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Temples

Sree Mutharaman Thirukovil, Vadakoor Thovalai

This temple has as its main deity, goddess Mutharamman (முத்தாரம்மன்). This temple belongs to Vellalar (வேளாளர் சமுதாயம்).


Thovalai Azhagiya Kanni Vinayagar Temple and Sree Mutharamman Temple

This temple has as its main god, Ganesha. It was built by Azhagiya Nambia Pillai. Thovalai sree Devi mutharamman koil temple krishnan puthoor this temple has as its near flower market.

Thovalai, Thevar Nager Arulmigu Madanthburan Thirukovil

This temple has as its main gods Varashakthi Vinayagar (வரசக்தி விநாயகர்), Madanthaburan (மாடன்தம்புரான்) and Eswari Amman (ஈஸ்வரி அம்மன்). The temple belongs to Mukkulathor (தேவர் சமுதாயம்)

Chekergiri Subramaniaswamy Thirukovil

One of the oldest temples in Thovalai.It is located above the mountain. This temple has its main god Murugan. The main function of this temple was Soorasamharam. It was the main and grand temple function in Thovalai. The function held on October or November month Every year.

Sree Mutharaman Thirukovil, Vadakoor Thovalai.

This temple has as its main deity, goddess Mutharamman (முத்தாரம்மன்). This temple belongs to Vellalar (வேளாளர் சமுதாயம்).


Flower industry

Thovalai and the surrounding area is involved in the fresh flower industry for sale to domestic and foreign markets. [1]

The variety of white Jasmine flower (locally called 'Pichchi Vellai' or 'Pichchip poo') is a rarity with a unique scent. It is somewhat similar to 'Jaathi Malligai' which is grown elsewhere.

The village people are quite active throughout the day with the flower business. Especially, the ladies at home are employed in this work and earn a substantial income. This increases the economy of the whole family and also the confidence level of the women.

The Government of India is planning to set up a floriculture research station with a cold storage facility at Thovalai for the benefit of farmers raising flower crops in and around the Kanyakumari district. [1] exporting flowers to foreign markets through Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state.

Infrastructure

Famous functions

In Thovalai on a small hill in the middle of the village is where the well-known Subramanaian Temple can be found. At this temple, the Pushbabishekam festival is commonly celebrated at the middle of August. The temple at festival time is filled with all varieties of flowers. After one week of Diwali, Surasamharam festival is celebrated throughout Tamil Nadu including at this temple.

In Thovalai the oldest Chekkergiri murugan temple is been located.On every year on OCT-NOV SOORASAMSKARAM is been celebrated in a grand manner. More than 60+ years this festival is been celebrated.

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References

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  2. "C.S.I. IT - Kanyakumari District". www.csiit.ac.in.